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At last winter's Ice Golf Tournament, it was warm enough for Andy and Mykel Erickson to wear shorts. Organizers hope to return to Lake Osakis for this year's event on Saturday, March 4. (Osakis Review file photo)

Will the 13th time be your lucky one?

A lot of prizes await the winners in the 13th annual Ice Golf Tournament and Osakis Fire Department Fundraiser.

Pre-registrations are now being taken for the March 4 event. The prepay deadline is Monday, Feb. 13.

Sponsored by the Osakis VFW, proceeds will go to the fire department.

Besides the fun of competing with friends for a challenging round of golf on a frozen lake, cash prizes will be awarded. Based on the number of teams entered, prizes include $175 for first place, $120 for third place, $100 for fifth place, and $75 for seventh place and ninth place.

There will also be a "most unique headwear" contest with more prizes — $50 for the best team and $25 for individual.

Sign-in begins at 11 a.m. at the VFW on the morning of the event. Shuttles, provided by the VFW, will transport golfers to the public access at Lake Osakis.

The scramble-style team tournament will start at noon.

Two clubs are allowed per person. Racquet balls will be provided. Participants may bring a sled or wagon to carry their clubs and/or coolers. No glass bottles are allowed.

Cost for a four-person team is $120. Checks may be mailed to the Osakis Fire Department, P.O. Box P, Osakis, MN 56360. Include your team name, address for team captain and a phone number.

For more information, call organizers Craig Schultz at (320) 491-2351, Matt Kral at (320) 815-8527 or the VFW at (320) 859-2117.

Organizers are hoping the snow and ice will linger for the tournament. Because of warm weather, last year's event was moved from Lake Osakis to the city's Industrial Park area. But that didn't stop the golfers from having loads of fun.

A total of 22 four-person teams had a great time on the new course, clubbing around racquet balls and competing for prizes.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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